An award-winning Brighton house, with an edgy design described by its architects as being “not for conservatives”, is turning heads on the market.
The compelling Compound House by March Studio architect Rodney Eggleston has been listed with a $8.5-$9m price guide, about three years after it was completed.
Marketed by Kay & Burton Bayside as “visually exciting”, the three-level, four-bedroom house is made mostly of steel and metal, and has a contemporary-cool look that wouldn’t be out of place in a James Bond film.
Mr Eggleston collected several accolades for the pad, including the esteemed Harold Desbrowe-Annear Award for best new residence at the 2018 Victorian Architecture Awards.
The Herald Sun also recently selected it as one of Victoria’s Top 50 Homes.
The architect previously told the Herald Sun his client wanted to “bring back community life” to closed-off Brighton by creating a house with no front fence, to ensure it stood out among the exclusive suburb’s rows of 2m-high fences and electric gates.
But the 24 Victoria Street property still gives its residents plenty of privacy — the ground floor is “sunk a metre into the earth” and the upper level is “veiled in a dynamic copper screen”, according to March Studio’s website.
Despite the steely exterior, the interior is warm and inviting, decked out in glass, timber, natural stone, marble, polished concrete, Japanese tiles and soft-leather trims.
March Studio has highlighted the six-car garage as a wow-factor feature. It’s accessible via the ground floor, but has a function that allows two cars to “descend into the basement theatre, remaining as backdrop objects of beauty and desire”.
The cinema is eye-catching in itself, and has an adjoining bar, gym and steam room, plus can be accessed from the stately ground-floor study via a fireman’s pole.
The three upstairs bedrooms include a main with a balcony, a marble ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe, while the glass-flanked living, dining and kitchen area features a 10m-long marble island bench and bi-fold doors that open out to an alfresco terrace.
A pool and low-maintenance gardens complete the 895sq m property, which is just a block from Brighton Beach and seeking expressions of interest until December 1 via Kay & Burton’s Alex Schiavo.